One of the Most POPULAR Off-White Cream Paint Colours: Sherwin Williams Creamy
I always get a giggle when my E-design clients say they love cream, but don’t love yellow. Why is that funny? Well, because a) I’m easily amused when I’ve had two glasses of wine and b) because without yellow – there is no cream!
Creamy behind the mirror and on the wall in the reflection
The basic idea behind cream is that you start with a light yellow paint colour and add a neutral to it, like beige/black/gray. Once you do that, your ‘yellow’ turns into a cream. The more neutral you mix in, the less yellow it gets until you eventually have beige or greige. You’ll also find creams with notes of orange, red or green in them, adding more layers of flexibility.
Now, if you’ve read my colour review on Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream, you’ll have learned about a ‘heavy cream’ – a cream that is not ‘fresh and light’. You might have also explored my review of Benjamin Moore Ballet White, which is an epic blend of cream/beige/gray. Today, we’re going to talk about a DIFFERENT type of cream, one on the lighter, fresher end of things – Sherwin Williams Creamy.
What type of paint colour is Sherwin Williams Creamy? Is it a white, off-white or cream?
Creamy is an off-white cream paint colour. It’s not LIGHT enough to be considered a ‘white’, although some people treat it like one, using it on trims and cabinets (which I don’t recommend).
What’s the LRV of Creamy?
Creamy has an LRV of 81, which in the colour world is PRETTY DARNED HIGH and plants it nicely in the off-white range.
If you aren’t familiar with LRV, you should read this, it’s a game-changer when choosing colours – trust the Ginger. The basic idea is that the higher the LRV number is, the lighter a colour is, the lower the LRV number is, the darker the colour is.
What are the undertones of Creamy?
YELLOW – surprise surprise! Well, actually, yellow is its ‘colour’, but it has a NEUTRAL undertone that calms it down so that it’s not day-glo yellow – it’s cream.
That lovely neutral base helps it stay a bit softer and more neutral compared to a slightly more yellow off-white like Sherwin Williams Dover White (which I find a touch too yellow, personally).
Creamy darkened by 25% Photo JR Photography
Creamy in a south-facing room
South-facing light is a warm, yellow light which will enhance warm colours, bringing out their glorious warmth. So, when you put Creamy in a south-facing room, you can expect the creamy yellow warmth to rise UP and become more noticeable. You may see a similar effect in the afternoon in a west-facing room.
These 2 photos show the ABSOLUTE warmest Creamy will look (south-facing/warm bulbs)
Creamy in a north-facing room
I LOVE Creamy in a north-facing space, I believe that’s where it’s at its very best. Northern light is a gray light with a blue cast. This cool natural light calms Creamy right down, so it acts like a soft, subtle, warm – almost not creamy colour. There is still residual warmth in it, but it’s not noticeably ‘yellow’ (you may see a similar effect in an east-facing room).
Shown here with BM Cloud White trim
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Is Creamy a good paint colour for a dark room?
Well, I’ve said it before, and because I like to hear myself talk, I’ll say it again…
‘If you have a dark room and not enough artificial or natural light, there is no paint colour that will save you’ – Moi
You need to improve your interior lighting before you pick a paint colour. Sure, Creamy will ‘help’ and might reflect a bit of the minimal natural or artificial light it’s given, but don’t expect it to work wonders if it’s not GIVEN enough light.
Read more: How to Update a DARK Room
Creamy darkened by 25% Photo JR Photography
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
- At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
- If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
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Is Creamy a good paint colour for a BRIGHT room?
Well, with that killer high LRV, you can totally expect Creamy to wash-out on a well-lit wall – particularly at the height of day with direct sunlight on it. In a ‘generally’ bright room, it will hold itself as a soft warm white/off-white as long as it has some white (trim/cabinets) to contrast with.
Read more: How to Decorate a HIGH-ENERGY BRIGHT Room
Is Creamy a good paint colour for trim and cabinets?
This is where you want to be careful. Whereas Creamy is gorgeous on walls, it’s a tougher sell on the trim. Because it has a slightly stronger creamy warmth, it’s a hard one to partner up with paint colours on the walls compared to more flexible whites and off-whites. Personally…HECK NO!
Read more: How to Pick the Right White
What’s the best white to partner with Creamy for trim or cabinets?
When it comes to Creamy, I lean into either…
And while there are others, I WOULDN’T partner Creamy with a cool crisp white like Sherwin Williams Extra White.
Creamy with Cloud White trim
Is Creamy a good paint colour for the EXTERIOR of a home?
I wouldn’t do it. Why? Creamy does have a reasonable amount of yellow that can come up CONSIDERABLY more on the exterior, especially on your south or afternoon-west facing side.
If you’re wanting to paint your home a warm soft white or off-white (like above), there are MANY better options out there, some of which you’ll see the links too next! However, if you WANT a soft yellow home…fill ‘yer boots.
BENJAMIN MOORE BALLET WHITE
SHERWIN WILLIAMS SHOJI WHITE
5 BEST CREAM PAINT COLOURS
Read more: 5 Best Benjamin Moore Cream Paint Colours
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KYLIE M E-DESIGN ONLINE, VIRTUAL PAINT COLOUR CONSULTING SPECIALIZING IN BENJAMIN MOORE AND SHERWIN WILLIAMS BEST PAINT COLOURS
Originally written in 2018, awesomely updated in 2020